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Important recall for EPIRBS and liferafts

SAFETY ALERT – DANGEROUS H20 FAKE COPIES!

CM Hammar, Goteborg, Sweden
PRESS RELEASE

I came across this item on the Coast guard website at
Boating Safety Division Alerts so I know it is genuine. Those who may have a liferaft or EPIRB (I don't) should read this and check their hydrostatic release valve to make sure it will work. When you consider the cost of a part and the possible consequences of failure, counterfeiting something like this is about as despicable as they come.


SAFETY ALERT – DANGEROUS H20 FAKE COPIES!

It has recently come to our attention that someone is producing fake copies of our Hydrostatic Release Unit, the Hammar H20. To an untrained eye, the copy is almost identical to the original product, with Hammar’s logo and address on the labels. The fake might look almost like the original product, but there is one very important difference: the copy does not work!
We have tested several of the copies. Not a single one of them worked properly according to SOLAS’ specification – the fake H20 will definitely not release a life raft or an Epirb. We see this as a very serious situation. There can be a number of ships at sea that are sailing with fake Hydrostatic Release Units. If any of these ships were to sink, there will definitely be no life rafts or Epirbs that will help to rescue the seafarers in danger!

http://www.uscgboating.org/alerts/pdf/SafetyAlert3.pdf
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